(Brunello pronunciation: Broo-NELL-oh)
Brunello is better known as Brunello di Montalcino named for being produced in the vineyard surrounding the town of Montalcino in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello wine is made from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes. The type of Sangiovese the wine is made out of has a dark, thick skin and is referred to as Brunello or Sangiovese Grosso. The Brunello di Montalcino wine has a dark red pigment with a bright red hue on the rim. If ever in Montalcino, there are various wineries that conduct Brunello wine tastings.
Good Brunello wines are required to age five years or six to be labeled Riserva, but the best Brunello wines are drunk after ten years of aging. The age of the wine has a large impact on the flavors the wine possesses. Young Brunello is full of fruity and flowery flavors of cherry, cranberry, strawberry, blackberry, violet, and earthy notes, as well as grippy tannins and a high acidity. However, old Brunello wine is softened with time and expresses sweeter notes of dried figs, candied cherries, hazelnuts, and leather. The tannins and acidity fade over time, making aged Brunello luscious and chocolatey. Overall, Brunello wines are bone-dry with a medium to full body.
Savory Brunello wines pair well with generally rich foods and rich flavors. Some Brunello food pairings are red meats, rich vegetables, tomato-based dishes, and Tuscan dishes, specifically ones highlighting olive oil and vinegar.
We've been lucky enough to feature 2 amazing, top Brunello wines which were exclusively imported from Italy and featured in our International Wine Club! By joining this adventurous club, you'll get to discover wines from 4 different countries per year plus an option to add on the Adventure Package with gourmet foods from the same country as the wines!
Collelceto Wine Estate
One of the finest vineyards in Italy
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Agricola La Mannella
Tradition and family are the foundation principles of this renowned italian winery
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